Ross Petty’s Cinderella is a fantastically funny musical that your entire family will love! This gags to riches family musical marks the 19th annual holiday extravaganza in Toronto and is a must see this holiday season for your family.
Now you may be thinking that Cinderella is a “girl show”, but I want to tell you that you couldn’t be further from the truth when it comes to this Ross Petty Production. Sure it’s got the basic story line of the fairytale but then you through in some outrageous twists to the story, awesome humour, some unplanned cast mishaps, ad libbing and audience interaction and you have the best Cinderella story to come to stage in years!
Why we love Cinderella…the Ross Petty version
First of all, we love that Ross Petty himself is a main character in his own production. Decked out in a dress (of course), Petty plays the part of the evil stepmom, Revolta Bulldoza. Ross takes on this role with the right mix of humour, tackiness and smugness. The audience loves to hate Ross Petty! Booing his character throughout the performance as he comes on the stage or says something the crowd doesn’t like never gets old with the young and old in the audience.
Back for another year is the one of a kind, you can’t help but laugh at, the one and only….Plumbum. Dan Chameroy once again plays this role with total laugh out loud humour and loveable awkwardness. No Petty production would be complete without Plumbum! Wait…what?? You don’t know who Plumbum is? Well you need to find out by catching this show!
The evil step sisters were absolutely hilarious! From their funny songs, constant banter, whining and total outrageousness, these sisters had us in stitches the entire night. Kinda hard to dislike them when they are just so darn loveable … in an annoying evil step sister kinda way of course.
Now the bell of the ball, Cinderella was obviously a highlight of the night for all the little ladies in the house. Played by the super talented Danielle Wade, we were awed by her beautiful voice and wowed by the gorgeous dress she wore to the ball. Uhmm…where would I find that dress Ross?
And of course we can’t forget about Cinderella’s “Prince Charming” who goes by the name Max Charming. Played by the oh so handsome Jeff Lillico, Charming is a pop star who goes on a reality show to find the love of his life. You will be charmed by his voice AND his good looks.
Spoiler alert – Be prepared to oooh and ahhh when Cinderella’s carriage comes out on staged pulled by real horses. All the little girls in the audience went wild with excitement when they saw them. Nice touch!
Here’s why our family loves Ross Petty Productions, why your family will too and why we will be going back year after year!
Entertaining for the whole family – The kids will enjoy the fairytale part of the production, the set and costumes and most of the humour while the adults get the added bonus of the grown up jokes. You won’t leave with anyone saying they didn’t LOVE it!
Interactive – This isn’t your usual ‘take your seats, sit back and enjoy the show’ kind of show. We love how the crowd gets involved with cheering and booing and how the actors react and comment back to the crowd
Ad lib humour – The cast goes with the flow of the show and that is one of the best parts. Cast members mess up their lines or trip from time to time in live performances and the cast will just run with it and make the best of it which adds even more humour to the show.
The cast – The on stage cast is pretty small for a production of this length (approx 1hr 45 mins) but it’s neat to see how many different roles they play throughout the performance.
Genuine Appreciation – Ross Petty genuinely appreciates and respects the cast he works with on the production. He took he time to thank everyone for coming and thanked the cast for being so great and said how he enjoyed working with them all
BELLY LAUGHS – And last but certainly not least …belly laughs! Nothing beats hearing your child laughing so hard that they laugh from their belly. Our son (who is 9) laughed so hard that he had tears in his eyes at one point. Now THAT is good entertainment
To Ross, all the cast, crew and staff that worked on this year’s production of Cinderella, I say BRAVO on an amazing show that our entire family loved!! Thank you and we’ll see you next year!
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Cinderella plays at the Elgin Theatre until January 4, 2015
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